Apr 29, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) and third baseman Eduardo Escobar (10) smile after the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports
- The Phillies and Mets meet on Saturday, April 30
- Kyle Gibson faces Taijuan Walker on the mound
- Find the Phillies vs Mets odds, preview, and betting prediction below
The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets continue their three-game set on Saturday night, April 30, at Citi Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.
Philly goes with right-hander Kyle Gibson for Game 2, while the Mets send Taijuan Walker to the hill, who is making just his second appearance after recovering from a shoulder injury.
Phillies vs Mets Odds
|Philadelphia Phillies||+105||+1.5 (-210)||Ov 7.5 (-115)|
|New York Mets||-125||-1.5 (+175)||Un 7.5 (-105)|
Odds as of April 29th at Caesars Sportsbook.
Phillies vs Mets Probable Pitchers
The Phils’ rotation hasn’t been stellar this season, but Gibson is performing well. The 6 foot 6 veteran is 2-1 with a 3.47 ERA in four starts, striking out 23 in 23.1 innings of work. His last two outings were both against a red-hot Rockies offense but Gibson gave his team a chance, allowing two earned across 5.2 frames on Monday.
Kyle Gibson, Wicked 84mph Changeup. 👌 pic.twitter.com/ijMaw4fUJr
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 14, 2022
The Mets are a lineup who are very familiar with him, compiling a .271 average off Gibson. The right-hander dominated them in 2021 though, pitching two a 2.84 ERA in two outings.
Gibson vs Walker
*Walker’s stats are from 2021.
Walker pitched two innings on April 11th against the Phillies before exiting due to a shoulder problem. Thankfully, the MRI came back negative and he didn’t miss too much time. He did look sharp in that outing though, giving up no hits or runs and striking out four. Obviously, it’s a small sample size, but hopefully, the California native can start to pick up where he left off.
Taijuan Walker went through his regular routine this week ahead of his scheduled start against the Phillies tomorrow. Walker said he’s cleared to throw “at least five innings” and around 80-85 pitches in what will be his second outing of the season.
— Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) April 29, 2022
The 29-year-old faced Philadelphia five times last season, collecting an 0-2 record and 3.76 ERA. A lot of their lineup has a respectable track record against him, too.
Phillies Betting Outlook
Philadelphia is rolling right now, having just swept the Rockies, who are one of the better teams in the Majors early on. The bats really came alive in that series, scoring 32 runs across four games. They also pitched extremely well, allowing only nine runs. The Phillies’ offense is certainly living up to the loft expectations, ranking in the top-five in hits, runs, average, and slugging.
Nick Castellanos drives in Harper with an RBI double! pic.twitter.com/mMn5T9r6Lt
— Brodes Media (@BrodesMedia) April 23, 2022
Nick Castellanos has shined, hitting .319 with three homers and 19 RBI. He is one of many who rakes off Walker, batting .286. Also, Kyle Schwarber destroys the righty, slashing .455 with five homers off him in just 11 at-bats. In fact, five regulars are hitting over .330 vs. Walker.
Mets Betting Outlook
New York is flying high at the top of the National League with a solid 14-6 record and absolutely thriving at the plate and on the mound. They’re hitting .259 as a group and have scored 4.7 runs per contest, which ranks sixth in the MLB. Despite being without Jacob deGrom, Buck Showalter’s rotation is dominating on a weekly basis, sitting first in strikeouts per nine innings and fourth in team ERA at 2.93.
A franchise-record six straight series wins to start the season. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/BPVviUyfoU
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 28, 2022
There is a ton of experience in this lineup against Gibson, most notably Francisco Lindor. He’s faced him 43 times, hitting an impressive .349. Although he’s one of the only guys who has enjoyed success vs. the right-hander, the Mets’ offense can’t be taken for granted right now. Lindor’s NL MVP odds are also at +1000.
Phillies vs Mets – Last 10 Games
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Phillies vs Mets Prediction
Both teams were hot going into game one, but the Phillies ended it with a no-hitter. I fancy the Phillies to bounce back though. Walker hasn’t pitched much this year and Philadelphia’s bats will be poised to bounce back after a dismal series opener. Take the moneyline.
Pick: Phillies +105
Quinn Allen is a sports journalist, with a background and education in broadcast journalism (BCIT ’17). He is a full-time associate editor at ClutchPoints by day, where he writes about soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and more. At night, Quinn is a frequent contributor at SBD.